Bowden Hill Bridge reopens in Jamaica after collapsing last year

Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, shared photos from the official reopening ceremony for the Bowden Hill Bridge in her constituency on Friday (June 21).

Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn speaking at the reopening ceremony for the Bowden Hill Bridge last Friday.

Prior to the bridge’s collapse on February 18, 2019, it had served to connect those living in Bowden Hill with the Stony Hill community for 70 years.

Cuthbert-Flynn, at the ceremony, said she was aware of the hardships caused to those in the community by the bridge being out of commission.

“Last year many communities were affected due to the collapse of the bridge, now with its rehabilitation, it will revive the different activities within the community and surrounding area,” she said.

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, second from left, with (from right) Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, Minister of Local Government Desmodn McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew, Delroy Williams and a resident of Bowden Hill cutting the ribbon at the reopening of the Bowden Hill Bridge last Friday.

While expressing happiness and excitement that the bridge was now operational, she charged residents with the task of ensuring that those using the bridge adhere to the relevant guidelines, particularly as it relates to weight restrictions.

“Now, we leave you in charge to watch and make sure that nothing over the allowable weight crosses this bridge,” she added.

Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn (left) with Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew Delroy Williams at the reopening ceremony for the Bowden Hill Bridge last Friday.

The bridge was repaired by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation at a cost of J$31.6 million.